Regeneration: Lea Bridge Gasworks, Clementina Road, Leyton

Lea Bridge Gasworks aerial red line view


In 1853 gas production started in Lea Bridge on land accessed from Clementina Road. Further gasholders were built in 1922 and 1962. In 2012 the gasholders were taken out of use and were demolished in 2019.

The former Lea Bridge Gasworks to the south of Clementina Road presents an opportunity for new high quality homes to be delivered on a brownfield site located close to public transport and cycle routes. The former Gasworks is largely vacant and is not publicly accessible. The site is next to a mixture of residential streets, industrial warehouses and playing fields, and is currently accessed directly from Clementina Road.

What is planned for the site?

On this site St William is planning to provide:

  • 573 new homes, 35 per cent (158 homes) being affordable
  • Communal gardens and play space
  • Walking and cycling routes to the Marshes and Lea Valley Regional Park
  • Retaining mature trees on the edges of the site to provide a backdrop for the communal areas
  • New tree planting and landscaping to provide 150 new trees and two acres(11,109 square metres) of new public open space
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS)
  • 50 place children’s day nursery
  • Delivery and service vehicles for the new homes will access from a new entrance on to Orient Way.
  • At least 30 per cent of construction jobs on the site will be for local people
  • 56 apprenticeship positions will be available

Find out more details of the scheme and background to the proposal. 

The Planning Application

A planning application, reference number 201329 for the development has been validated from Friday 7 May 2020. The Planning Application will need to be referred to the Mayor of London for consideration as well as being considered by Waltham Forest Council's Planning Committee.

Stage One referral to the Mayor of London takes place when the application is received by Waltham Forest Council and Stage Two following the Planning Committee decision.

Read how the Mayor of London will consider the application on the Mayor of London Website.   

The application includes demolition of existing buildings and structures, and erection of buildings to provide a mixed use scheme including 573 residential units in ten buildings ranging from two to 18 storeys, 582m2 flexible residential facilities and commercial uses, public open space; public realm works and landscaping; car and cycle parking; servicing arrangements; sustainable energy measures; formation of new pedestrian and cycle access onto Clementina Road and formation of new pedestrian, cycle and vehicular access onto Orient Way.

This section of the webpage contains hyperlinks to a selection of key documents which form part of the Lea Bridge Gasworks planning application.

Whilst we endeavour to make all the documents easily accessible, we acknowledge there are limitations with our current planning portal website.

A WeTransfer link can be made available for interested parties to download the full Environmental Statement. Please email planning services if you wish to receive this document.​

Who will do the work?

St William Homes LLP will do the work.

What happens when?

  • Thursday 18 July 2019 and Saturday 20 July 2019: St William holds drop in engagement sessions
  • Thursday 14 November 2019 and Saturday 16 November 2019: St William holds drop in engagement sessions
  • Tuesday 3 March 2020: Waltham Forest Council hosts workshop on Lea Bridge area regeneration for residents
  • Thursday 7 May 2020: Planning application, reference number 201329, validated By Waltham Forest Council
  • Tuesday 19 May 2020: Waltham Forest Council issues information pack and statutory consultation on planning application begins
  • Thursday 18 June 2020: St William holds online Question and Answer sessions
  • Thursday 20 August 2020: Planning Committee preview of the scheme from 7.30pm. This meeting is open to the public. Watch the meeting
  • Tuesday 1 December 2020: Planning Committee resolves to grant planning permission subject to conditions and legal agreements being reached. It will then be referred to the Mayor of London. Watch the Planning Committee meeting on line
  • 2021: Work starts on site with a high priority given to constructing the new link to Orient Way
  • 2023: Anticipated date when first new homes are occupied.


St William Homes is held online Question and Answer session on Thursday 18 June 2020.

St William Homes LLP held two resident drop in engagement meetings at Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7HU on Thursday 14 November 2019 and Saturday 16 November 2019. 

See the information boards for these events.

Two resident engagement meetings were held at Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7HU on Thursday 18 July 2019 and Saturday 20 July 2019.

Bigger trains planned for Lea Bridge

Greater Anglia is investing in new trains which are expected to start serving Lea Bridge Station during 2021.

The new trains Class 720 Aventra trains will be five carriages long and have around 540 seats which is around 318 more seats per train than the four carriage Class 317 trains currently running on this line.

Watch the new features unveiled on Greater Anglia's new Bombardier trains on YouTube.

Lea Bridge Regeneration Workshop

A workshop with Lea Bridge residents was held on Tuesday 3 March 2020 to discuss concerns raised by residents.

Notes from Lea Bridge Community Engagement workshop

Update on Vehicle Access 

St William remains committed to only using the Orient Way access for vehicles associated with the development, including during construction. However, for this to happen, limited survey work needs to take place which is currently happening. This work started on 31 August 2021 and will finish on 10 September 2021. The last vehicle movements to remove the survey equipment will be on the same day, and no further surveys are planned.

Following the surveys, the access road will be delivered as the first works on site, to remove all traffic from the Clementina Road access. Currently Cadent are still working on gas equipment, which is anticipated to be complete in late October 2021. The delivery of the Orient Way access remains the first thing St William will do when the development starts early next year. St William is responding to resident’s queries directly, email

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